There is a slight change to how the bottle is mounted in the unit, however. Rather than push the bottle and screw it in to mount it to the soda injection needle, you merely have to push the bottle opening in the mouth of the machine and then push the bottle back, with the “flower lock” keeping it in place.
To carbonate, you push the head of the appliance – the section that sits at the top – down for a set amount of time, with the three bubble indicators lighting up depending on the amount of fizziness you desire, from slightly fizzy, to moderately fizzy, and ending with quite fizzy.
When you’ve finished with the carbonation, the machine makes a rather loud squealing noise, indicating carbonation is in the bottle, and you’re free to take the bottle out by pulling the container forward and removing it from the lock.
The product couldn’t be any easier to use, and is insanely simple to work with, producing sparkling water in a matter of seconds without leaving the house. From there, you can choose to add different flavourings if you want to make different types of soda.
We’re not huge fans of the flavours SodaStream makes, but cordials seem to work well enough regardless, making it possible for you to make your favourite normally still-water drink into something else with carbonation. Or you can just stick with your own sparkling water, which we’re told is the more adult thing to do (pfft).
The only thing wrong with the Source comes down to its design, and it’s not an issue with it being wrong, but rather it just won’t appeal to everyone.
Left in the kitchen of GadgetGuy’s offices, quite a few people remarked on the design, and how they preferred the original simple and small white SodaStream they had seen time and time again.
Yves Behar’s redesign of the SodaStream is certainly more modern, and we can see it fitting into kitchens built with an air of minimalist aesthetics than one of classic formica bench tops or wooden cabinets.
A redesigned SodaStream still makes carbonated beverages as well as the old ones, and we’re glad for that, but the design may not appeal to everyone.
It’s still an excellent system, and now the locking mechanism is so easy to use, even your kids will be able to make drinks without your help. Say hello to the dentist for us.